Writing under the preemptively dismissive title “Climate disruption denial: a natural by-product of libertarian values” Brian Angliss says, “The problem for libertarians is that accepting human responsibility for climate disruption creates a threat to their values.”
Thus libertarians use “motivated reasoning,” the short explanation of which is that they cherry-pick only information that confirms their existing beliefs while rejecting information to the contrary.
Angliss claims that no person of any ideology is immune to motivated reasoning, yet he doesn’t write: “The problem for Greens is that rejecting human responsibility for climate disruption creates a threat to their values.”
The real problem for libertarians isn’t whether manmade climate disruption is true, the real problem is that it’s not only politicized but that the politicization so conveniently fits the “motivated reasoning” of the collectivist left that wants a subservient world order run by itself.
So here’s how motivated reasoning works for them.
Climate scientists know that the funding for their work comes primarily from massive amounts of money stolen by governments from citizens through taxation which is then funneled into university budgets and scientific institutions.
Motivated reasoning tells them that the best way to keep the money coming, to keep their projects going, to further their careers and enhance their incomes, reputations and influence with their peers is to supply the results the political money is paying for.
Media moguls know that a headline that screams “Polar bears are dying” will sell more newspapers and attract more viewers than one that says “Polar bears doing okay.” Whether they’re “in the tank” for the liberal environmentalist agenda or simply looking to make a profit, motivated reasoning tells them to run their cherry-picked stories.
Enviro-activists are believers because “saving the planet” is their secular substitution for “believing in God.” Thus, motivated reasoning tells them to cherry-pick only information that confirms their existing beliefs while rejecting information to the contrary.
In the end nobody in the general population discusses climate disruption because nobody is knowledgeable enough to do so. What everybody discusses is the politicized data the bought-and-paid-for scientists spoon feed to them via a manipulative media.
Thus has science been harnessed by political money for the benefit of the powerful.
These three “iron rules” apply:
“Any issue that has been politicized ceases to be about that issue and becomes all about the politics.”
“Politics is always about power, wealth and ego.”
“Follow the money.”
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